IT 10: Resumes

Your resume is one of the most important tools when looking for a job. It is a short, one-page, point-form document that tells potential employers about your educationskills, and work experience. An effective resume has good formatting and good content. Employers will form their first impression of you when you glance at your resume’s layout. If the resume is presentable, they proceed to read its content. If the content has what they are looking for, they will arrange an interview with you. Overall, a good resume might get you an interview but an ineffective resume will certainly not.

In this assignment, you will be creating an effective functional resume. Instead of focusing on your previous work experiences, a functional resume focuses on your skill the transferable skills you gained from previous jobs, activities, experiences, or volunteer work. It is most commonly used if you have never worked before or if you have had a large gap in your employment history. Click here for an example of a functional resume.

Tasks 1: Skills Inventory

  1. Before you write your resume, complete the skills inventory to know what skills you have to offer an employer.
  2. Follow the instructions on the link, and complete the sections on transferable skills and hidden skills. Use an online thesaurus or dictionary for words that you do not understand. Complete the following headers on a sheet of paper.
    • Transferable / Key Skills:
      • Go down the checklist and jot down all your skills.
      • Put an asterisk beside your top 12 skills, including 2-4 that really differentiate you from most others.
      • Provide an example for each of the shortlisted skills.
    • Hidden Skills / Job-Related Skills:
      • List all your previous and current experiences, including work experience, volunteer experience, and applied-skills courses (info tech, business, home economics, woodwork, auto mechanics, yearbook, etc.)
      • Describe your role, tasks, and skills you learned using action words. Use an online thesaurus or dictionary for words that you do not know.

Task 2: Rough Draft

  1. Follow the teacher’s in-class instructions to create a resume template. Use these as formatting guidelines.
    • Margins: 0.75″
    • Font: Verdana 10-pt for regular text, 10-pt bold for emphasized text, 18-pt bold for name, and 15-pt bold for headers.
    • Spacing: Use consistent tab-stops to insert white spaces.
  2. Modify the template.
    • Personal Information: The first thing your employer should see when looking at your resume is your name. Make sure it is clear, stands out, and is easy to read. Your resume should include your full name, full address, contact phone numbers, and an e-mail address that incorporates your first and last name. Things you should not include on your resume your height, age, weight, a photo of yourself, or your Social Insurance Number.
    • Skills and Experience: Use your resume to show where you worked, what you learned, and how your skills and experience apply to the job you’re applying for. Highlight abilities, skills, and experience that relate to the job you’re applying for. These can come from paid or unpaid work, volunteer experience, and even hobbies. If all of your experience is in an unrelated field to the job you’re applying for, focus on the transferable skills you learned that can be applied to the new job you’re applying for. When listing your work experience, include the location (city, province) and the dates you worked (years) for each job or volunteer position. Use action words to describe what you did in the positions you held. Focus on the top-three duties for each job.
    • Education: List your education, starting with the most recent, and work backwards from there. Include the name of the school, the city or town where each school you attended is located (secondary and beyond), and the years you completed. Be sure to list any certificates or diplomas you received, including those for mini-courses like computer or software courses, first aid, or any other training that might be useful in the job you are applying for.
    • References: Ask two adults such as teachers or work supervisors who can say good things about you and your work. No friends. Get their contact information (phone number, e-mail address, company name, and job position).
  3. Complete the rough copy by the end of next class. The rough copy should have at least four skill categories with at least two supporting statements for each category. Get a peer to provide critical feedback before you hand in the resume. The teacher will review the resume on Thursday. Late assignments will not be reviewed.

Click here to download a template.

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